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Flabellina affinis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Heterobranchia
Infraclass: Euthyneura
Order: Nudibranchia
Infraorder: Cladobranchia
Superfamily: Fionoidea
Family: Flabellinidae
Genus: Flabellina
Gray [in Griffith & Pidgeon], 1833[1]
Type species
Doris affinis Gmelin, 1791[2]

Flabellina is a genus of sea slugs, specifically aeolid nudibranchs. These animals are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Flabellinidae.[3]

Taxonomic history[edit]

The genus Flabellina was established by Gray in 1850 with the type species Flabellina affinis and characterised by the cerata being arranged on peduncles and the rhinophores being annulate. Many species were added by subsequent authors. In 1981 the genus Coryphella was merged under the older name Flabellina as despite a large range of morphological characters in the 64 species of Flabellinidae and Coryphellidae known at that time, no clear distinction could be found to separate the species into the two genera.[4] In 2017 an integrative study of the 71 species then considered to be included in Flabellina redistributed the species into seven families and 26 genera.[5]


Species currently included in this genus are:[3]

Synonymized species


  1. ^ Griffith, E & E. Pidgeon. 1833-1834. The animal kingdom arranged in conformity with its organization, by the Baron Cuvier, member of the Institute of France, etc..., with supplementary additions to each order. Volume the twelfth. The Mollusca and Radiata. Whittaker, London. viii + 601 pp., pl 1-41
  2. ^ Gmelin, Johann Friedrich. 1791. In: C. Linnaeus. Systema Naturae, per regna tria naturae, : secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. ed. 13, 1(6):3103- 3107, 3147-3148.
  3. ^ a b c Flabellina McMurtrie, 1831.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ Gosliner T.M., Griffiths R.J. (1981) Description and revision of some South African aeolidacean Nudibranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda). Annals of the South African Museum 84: 105–150.
  5. ^ Korshunova, T.; Martynov, A.; Bakken, T.; Evertsen, J.; Fletcher, K.; Mudianta, W.; Saito, H.; Lundin, K.; Schrödl, M.; Picton, B. (2017). Polyphyly of the traditional family Flabellinidae affects a major group of Nudibranchia: aeolidacean taxonomic reassessment with descriptions of several new families, genera, and species (Mollusca, Gastropoda). ZooKeys. 717: 1-139.
  6. ^ Gosliner T. M. & Willan R. C. (1991). "Review of the Flabellinidae (Nudibranchia: Aeolidacea) from the tropical Indo-Pacific, with the descriptions of five new species". The Veliger 34(2): 97-133. page 109.
  • ICZN. (1966). Opinion 781. Flabellina Voigt, 1834 (Gastropoda): Placed on the Official List of Generic Names. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 23 (2-3): 104-105
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp
  • Petit, R. E. & Coan., E. V. 2008. The molluscan taxa made available in the Griffith & Pidgeon (1833-1834) edition of Cuvier, with notes on the editions of Cuvier and on Wood's Index Testaceologicus. Malacologia 50: 219-264 page(s): 222